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De Dolle Stille Nacht Special Reserva 2005

Formerly brewed at De Dolle Brouwers
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Diksmuide, Belgium


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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Small bottle shared by drewbeerme. Thanks, dude! Pours richer orange amber pour, good haziness and frothy offwhite head dies toa film, laces ok. Good deep orange ruby glow through the body, some edges show amber orange. Aromas are a nice oaky quality, gentle spice, fruit and pear. Touches of Calvados or Brandy, tree fruit and dough. Touches of cardboard oxidation, gentle heat, big apple and pear fruit, touch of cider and spice. Powerful nose as it settles. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a touch lighter in body with apple, pear, gentle sweetness. Bready malts, straw, and dough. Oak qualities grow with Calvados and Brandy like spirit qualitiesn gentle heat, firm oak and bigger fruit qualities. Middle is a bit tart and fruity, touches of spirit, gentle spice. Backend shows some oxidation, dryness, spirit and oak. Good barrel presence, tartness from the fruit, nice dryness and mellow sweetness, spice and yeast deadened into the backend and finish. Dry, tannic, and the spirit qualities realy work well here. Mellow oxidation plays well, the barrel finish really offers the life here. Really nice beer and I didn’t really expect it to be so. Really nice rate, thanks again Drew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gEUS (982) - Linden, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2012
330 ml bottle - probably traded a bit too much - madeira has kicked in too much. Tried to filter this out of it. Hazy light golden with a thin head. Aroma of brown sugar and some peach (and dust). Medium mouthfeel with a slight heat punch from the alcohol, nice acidity and peppery finish. Taste of spices (especially kardemon), exotic flavours and brown sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AdamJackson (2348) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 19, 2012
Enjoyed this special beer at Kulminator in Belgium. Review from notes.

A - Bright hazy / cloudy gold. It’s a gorgeous fluffy 1 finger white head.

S - Smells of brown sugar, oak and sweet brown sugar. Hint of tropical fruits..apricots, pineapple? There’s a spiciness like pepper as well.

T - Lovely. Fills the mouth with a coy sweetness of light citrus followed by cracked peppercorn. Candied sugar, oatmeal and grape skins. It has a very rich and full finish.

M - Slightly boozy, hint of astringency and bubbly tingle like a sparkling wine.

O - This beer left me wanting to try other vintages of this remarkable creation. Nearly perfect and an insanely fun beer to drink. 12 oz so you don’t want to share it with friends.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Steve_0 (2532) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Armin. Big thanks Man!!! Pour is hazy orange with a small white head and good lacing. Caramel, banana, light spice, toffee, butterscotch, figs, mango, biscuit, and raisins in the aroma. Taste is toffee, caramel, bread, clove, basil, golden raisins, white grapes, muscat, and oak with a slightly spicy finish. Medium body with high carbonation. Really tasty beer and not a hint of alcohol in sight; a real treat to taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
arminjewell (5995) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Pour out of 11.2 oz bottle, hazy orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of white grape, caramel, hints of earth, touch of grapefruit, white wine, caramelized sugars, hints of green raisin, fig, very complex. Taste is a sweet mix of green raisin, white grape, touch of earth, grape, hints of oak, nice caramel and sugary notes balance out the slightly tart notes, finishing fairly sweet, slightly tart, dry. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (2402) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad. The beer is light orange and mostly clear. A quarter inch of off white head sits on top, leaving some decent lacing on the tulip. The aroma brings some citrus, alcohol, butterscotch, perhaps slightly caramelized. The flavor is rain water, damp basement (not sour or funky, per se), caramels, Belgian yeast, and a bit of toffee. Thin to medium bodied. Overall, really interesting. Not what I expected at all from a beer of this ilk. That said, I found this intriguing, though perhaps a bit past its prime. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-20-2011

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auderale (605) - Minot, USA - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle at Kulminator. Hazy orange colored pour with medium sized head. fruity, sugary light malt nose, sweet fruity, candy like finish. I really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2012
330 ml bottle shared by dbsdelight- thanks again, Dan! We tried this side-by-side with a regular 2005 vintage. Pours a hazed gold with no head, just a little bit lighter in hue than the other one. Aroma of bretty funk, tart grapes, vanilla, sweet malts, toffee, and oak. Flavor of funk, grapes, brown sugar, caramel, apple, oak, straw, and earth. Medium-bodied, with a funky, sweet, and barely tart mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Really cool Belgian strong ale. I enjoyed this one a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blairgus (2551) - California, USA - AUG 24, 2012
25 aug 2012, bottle. Lots of cobwebs and musty basement, some sweet but tart green apple juice, and a background of vinegar. Thin body and faintly fizzy. This is fascinatingly bad. I like sours and musty Belgian beers. This tastes like apple juice drank off of a musty basement floor. It is immensely musty, hugely cobwebs, softly tart. I'm not sure this is the way it is supposed to taste and I'm fairly certain I don't really enjoy it, but the flavors I like are so huge I'm having a hard time putting it down. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (10578) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle @ De Heeren van Liedekercke. Clear amber with a lasting off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dried fruit, spicy, port and alcohol. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. This has aged beautifully. 20072012

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